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Hi I'm Megan Gardner

I'm a teacher, runner, reader, knitter, and bug collector. But most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a little town in Ohio. I thought I wanted to be a professional bassoonist, but I ended up earning a Biology Teaching degree from Brigham Young University. I served an 18 month mission in the Baltic Countries where I met another missionary who later became my wonderful husband. Now I teach middle school science and I love my job. I love working with teenagers and helping them to learn to answer questions. I love nature, the ocean/beach, running, reading, knitting, and spending time with family.

Why I am a Mormon

My siblings are Mormon, my parents are Mormon, and my grandparents are Mormon, but I am not Mormon just because they are. I made the choice to be a Mormon and I am Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that He died and lives again. I believe that He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. I believe He communicates with us today. He loves me and He wants to be involved in my life. He has suffered all the sins, pains, and illnesses of everyone who has lived or ever will live on Earth and He wants to help them overcome so that they can live with Him again. He knows and loves me personally. I know this because I have prayed to know Him and His spirit has whispered to my heart that it is true. I have had times in my life where I have lived according to my faith and times where I have not, and I can testify that the times when I have are much happier than the times when I have not. I have felt forgiveness for my sins. I have felt peace in my darkest times when no one else could reach me. I have seen how my life has been directed and changed as I have allowed the Savior to guide and direct me. And I know that if Jesus Christ loves me like He does, He loves all the other of His children also. He wants all of us to be happy now. I am a Mormon because it has brought me into a personal relationship with my Savior that I could never live without. My life has a meaning, a purpose, and direction.

How I live my faith

I live my faith like most other people. I go to work, I clean my house, I cook dinner, I hang out with my husband. But my faith also helps me to do these things with a smile. I am happy to go to work because I am a teacher and I get to teach not only science but how to be good a person. I get to teach kids that really matter and are important. If I didn't believe and know that I matter to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, I would have a hard time showing my students how much they matter to me. Because I have a personal and loving relationship with God, I can try to help my students feel unconditional love from me so they know that someone cares for them. Because of the gospel I am happy to take care of my house and be with my husband. I believe that the marriage with my husband will last forever and I want to make sure that he will want to be with me forever. I like to serve him and help him. I like to spend time strengthening my friendship and relationship with him for a future family. Our faith helps us to understand each other, forgive each other, and love each other more deeply than we ever realized when we were dating. I live my faith by praying in the morning and night. I tell God about my day and get to feel His love for me before I leave for the day and before I sleep at night. I ask for forgiveness of what I have done wrong and seek ways to do better. I pray for those who are in need of blessings. On Sundays, once a month, I teach a Sunday School class. This year we are studying the Book of Mormon and I get to prepare lessons on certain chapters from the Book of Mormon. I learn a lot when I prepare these lessons and testify of Jesus Christ. My faith touches every part of life. It is HOW I live and why I do pretty much anything I do or don't do.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Megan Gardner
No! We are called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because we worship Jesus Christ. We respect and honor Joseph Smith because he is a prophet in recent times. He is the prophet who brought back the original church that Christ established when He lived upon the Earth. Show more Show less